"On a distant and embattled planet called Edenoi, a young prince named Dex is given great powers by his grandfather, the King, and is sent to the planet Earth, to protect it from the advancing evil of Count Dregon and his vicious Insectivores. Once on Earth, he is adopted by a kind family, and learns to live as a human. With his companion Ferbus at his side, Dex is ever-vigilant, ready at a moment's notice to call on his powers to become... Masked Rider."Ectophase Activate!Saban's Masked Rider
is an American television series produced by Saban Entertainment that aired from 1995 through 1996. In much the same way as Power Rangers
with Super Sentai
, this show was adapted from the ninth Kamen Rider
series Kamen Rider Black RX
. Like Power Rangers series that have recontextualized the source footage from their original plots
, Masked Rider recontextualizes Black RX's footage by using it to fit a Sitcom
type show with a more...traditional
The plot concerned a young alien prince named Dex, sent from a distant planet Edenoi to fight against his wicked uncle Count Dregon and his Insectovores
. Having already rendered Edenoi near-uninhabitable, Dregon has turned his attention to Earth.
Dex arrives in a town named Leawood and is adopted by a multiracial American family, dad Hal (white), mom Barbara (East Asian), sister Molly (white) and brother Albee (black). Dex also brought along his pet bipedal duck/bear creature named Ferbus.
Dex was introduced in a three-part episode
in the beginning of the third season of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
, but the show itself had no references to that series. Whilst the pilot demonstrated a powerful message about enslavement and environmental damage, and left Edenoi with somewhat of a Downer Ending
by the end of the third part, the changes in the series ignored this ending and underused a lot of potentially dramatic material in favor of a more simplistic good versus evil story based on Earth.
The first handful of episodes were fairly comparable to the quality of Power Rangers
but it soon dropped fast. The main reason for the criticism includes turning the already Lighter and Softer Kamen Rider Black RX Up to Eleven
, making it into even more of a comedic and vapid program.
Until 2009's Kamen Rider Dragon Knight
, it was the only American adaptation of Kamen Rider
. Still, the show does have a cult fandom and introduced many to the Kamen Rider
franchise. Some of the background music was later used
in Saban's dub of Digimon Adventure
The show contains examples of: